Amid the ongoing debate over curbing of free speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday, while speaking at the G7 Summit, stressed the need to ensure cyberspace remains an avenue for advancing democratic values and not subverting them.
Was happy to address the @G7 Session on Open Societies as a Lead Speaker. Democracy and freedom are part of India’s civilizational ethos, and find expression in the vibrancy and diversity of India’s society, he tweeted.
During the virtual Outreach Sessions of the G7 Summit, PM Modi’s message of worldwide unity was well received, which reaffirmed the need to embrace values that bind us together like respect for international rules and norms. He suggested global solidarity and open democratic societies to tackle challenges like health, climate change, and economic recovery.
In the session ‘Building Back Together – Open Societies and Economies’ as the lead speaker, he recalled that democracy and freedom were a part of India’s civilisational ethos.
Addressing the session on climate change, PM Modi said the planet’s atmosphere, biodiversity and oceans can’t be protected by countries acting in silos, and called for collective action on climate change. He stressed that India was the only G-20 country on track to meet its Paris commitments.
Besides the main members of the grouping, this year, the G7 Summit included countries like India, South Africa and the Republic of Korea. They released a joint statement reaffirming their shared belief in open societies, democratic values, and multilateralism.
The statement said, As leaders of over half of the world’s population living in democracies, we believe it is imperative that we reaffirm and encourage others to embrace the values that bind us together, including our respect for international rules and norms.